One thing for certain is,is proving why he is not only the ace of the Giants, but why he won the NL Award last season and why he is one of the top pitchers in the game all-around.
Lincecum dazzled in front of a crowd of 30,500 plus in attendance as he threw a complete game shutout gem in the Giants 3-0 victory over the A's.
Lincecum was efficient in finishing the game as he only threw 110 pitches. Overall, Lincecum scattered 7 hits over his full nine innings of work and added 8 strikeouts in the game. Lincecum had everything working for him, he had his mid 90's fastball all the way into the 9th inning, his 12-6 curveball, and his devastating changeup which baffled A's hitters left and right.
Lincecum not only beat the A's with his arm, but he surprisingly beat them with his bat. Lincecum came up in the 5th inning with the bases loaded and the score deadlocked at 0 and he delivered a clutch RBI single to put the Giants up 1-0 and that ended up as the game-winner.added a little knockout punch to the game and added some insurance as he ripped a two-run single to left field to put the Giants up 3-0.
The A's young rookie starter Vin Mazzaro, only 22 years of age, was outdueled by Lincecum and was the hard luck loser. Mazzaro carried his scoreless innings streak in only his third career start all the way to the 5th inning before allowing his first three runs of his young big league career. Overall, Mazzaro pitched well in his six innings of work. He allowed 6 hits, giving up only 3 earned runs and added 4 strikeouts in his outing. However, his offense was stymied by Lincecum's pitching and Mazzaro got the short end of the stick and suffered the first loss of his major league career. Mazzaro is now 2-1 with a 1.37 E.R.A.
In the end of this pitcher's duel, Lincecum was spectacular only allowing 2 hits in his last four innings of work and finished the game by striking out former Giantfor the 27th out and giving Timmy his 2nd complete game shutout of his career and 3rd complete game overall.